The British government is about to unveil proposals to block the Internet for copyright enforcement purposes. The confirmation came in a Parliamentary debate yesterday on Intellectual Property, in which pro-copyright MPs had a little ‘chit-chat’ about the allegedly ‘anti-copyright’ government, and indicated their desire for the activation of the Digital Economy Act.
The Minister of State for Business, Mark Prisk, said that an announcement on website blocking for copyright enforcement is “imminent”. He did not give any detail, but did hint that the proposals would be ‘welcome’.
Given the forum in which he was making the statement (see below), the word ‘welcome’ should be interpreted from the perspective of the copyright industries, and could include measures targeting Google and search engines.